ONS: 12 January 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Tunisian authorities said the number of people detained in a wave of violent protests had risen to nearly 800.
  • AMERICAS:  In a heated debate with lawmakers over immigration reform, President Trump referred to several Caribbean and African nations by a graphic slur, drawing international condemnation.
  • ASIA: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejected South Korea’s call for more steps to help “comfort women”, and urged Seoul to honor a 2015 pact on the divisive topic.
  • EUROPE: US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned visit to the UK in February, where he had been expected to open a new US embassy in London.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new security flaw has been found in Intel hardware which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely, Finnish cybersecurity specialist F-Secure said.

TOP STORY

  • Germany: Breakthrough in coalition talks between Merkel and SPD after 24-hour marathon.
    • Talks between the two parties can now advance to formal coalition arrangements, returning to the “Grand Coalition” model.
    • In key points of compromise, the SPD agreed to caps on annual immigration at around 200,000, while the CDU agreed to increase social spending.
    • If formal talks are likewise successful, they will resolve Germany’s ongoing crisis of government.
    • The Euro jumped to a three-year high after the news of the success broke.
    • Any deal still faces considerable opposition from the SPD rank and file, which may yet prevent a government from forming.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, BBC, Guardian, DPA, AP2

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN Security Council voiced concern over the security situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, particularly the threat of terrorism and violent extremism. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The African Union says it is “frankly alarmed” by President Donald Trump’s statement in which he used vulgar language to question why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from African countries and Haiti. (AP)
  • Region: A Somali military officer says one Somali soldier has been killed in brief clashes between Somali and Kenyan troops in the border town of Elwok. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Authorities said the number of people detained in a wave of violent protests had risen to nearly 800. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US grand jury indicted 17 alleged members and associates of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang on charges including murder and drug trafficking. (AP)
  • Peru: Thousands of protesters took to the streets nationwide to demand that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski step down over his pardon to former strongman Alberto Fujimori. (AFP)
  • United States: In a heated debate with lawmakers over immigration reform, President Trump referred to several Caribbean and African nations by a graphic slur, drawing international condemnation. (WaPo)
  • Venezuela: Four people were killed and 15 injured in violence linked to food looting, according to members of the opposition and the local press. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese foreign minister urged Myanmar to guarantee the return of Rohingya Muslims, while the government announced a grant of $3 million to Myanmar to help facilitate the repatriation. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A total of 17 militants including a shadow district governor Mawlawi Abdul Khaleq were killed after security forces stormed their hideout in Shortepa district of northern Balkh province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Trade with North Korea plunged 50 percent in December as U.N. sanctions imposed over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development tightened. (AP)
  • Japan: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rejected South Korea’s call for more steps to help “comfort women”, and urged Seoul to honor a 2015 pact on the divisive topic. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Britain: Donald Trump has cancelled a planned visit to the UK in February, where he had been expected to open a new US embassy in London. (BBC)
  • Russia: President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is holding negotiations with Washington regarding the pivotal New START nuclear arms pact. (AP)
  • Spain: The government will go to the country’s Constitutional Court if Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, in exile in Belgium, attempts to be re-elected into office from abroad. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities reinstated more than 1,800 civil servants in an emergency decree after finding they had no links to a group blamed for the 2016 failed coup. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  U.S. President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for Lebanon to be left out of the regional clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and praised the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia for doing its part to de-escalate the tensions. (WSJ)
  • Qatar: The government has filed a complaint to the United Nations about an alleged violation of its airspace in December by an Emirati military aircraft. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Pro-Assad forces have repelled attacks by the Jabhat al-Nusra militants and regained control over seven settlements near the town of Khanasir south of Aleppo. (Tass)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A new security flaw has been found in Intel hardware which could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely, Finnish cybersecurity specialist F-Secure said. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Joyce
      • Location: 117nm E-NE of Port Hedland, Australia
      • Movement: SW at 5mph
      • Wind: 50mph
      • Source
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 22DEC: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 22DEC: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 08JAN: 2,122 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
        • Deaths as of 08JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JAN)

  • Cape Verde: Democracy Day – 1991
  • Finland and Sweden: St. Knut’s Day – 1170
  • Togo: Liberation Day – 1967

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